South Carroll keeps record unblemished Cavaliers win by a point over scrappy N. Carroll

Boys basketball

January 14, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

It came down to who had the ball last and made something happen. With the game tied, South Carroll had the ball and Aaron Dorsey made the key play.

The senior guard, a good defender who seldom shoots while usually deferring to teammate John Ely (18 points), drew a shooting foul in traffic at the foul line with one second left on the clock.

He made the first of a one-and-one and it was enough to give the host Cavaliers (6-0, 3-0) a 53-52 Central Maryland Conference victory over North Carroll last night.

North Carroll (5-7, 1-3) took a timeout after Dorsey's first shot, and South Carroll coach Jim Carnes backed his players away from the lane and told his shooter to miss the shot because time would expire before the opposition could do anything.

What the veteran coach did not count on was Dorsey putting up an air ball, which turned the ball over to North Carroll with that precious second still alive. The Panthers were able to get off a closely-guarded midcourt sideline shot but the ball was well short of its target.

A second-effort basket from underneath by Mike McComas -- after South Carroll's Sam McGrane had blocked his shot -- had tied it for North Carroll at 52 with 1: 16 seconds left. South Carroll got the ball inbounds and called time.

Then a tough North Carroll defense forced Ely to call another timeout when he could not put the ball in play.

The next time, Ely was on the receiving end of the inbounds pass and the home team was able to work the ball around, running the clock down to 14 seconds before calling time out.

Jimmy Shea got the ball to Ely and as the last seconds ticked off Dorsey found himself with the ball. He took one look around, then drove into the lane.

"We were trying to get the ball to Ely, but they did a good job of denying him the pass," a relieved Carnes said. "North Carroll is difficult to play against because they make you play their tempo. We were lucky to win."

The Panthers, who had led by 10, were in front 34-25 early in the third quarter. South Carroll, sparked by three of reserve Kevin Damiano's four three-pointers, and some intense pressure defense, battled back.

"We worked hard and played a good game," North Carroll coach Bernie Koontz said. "One thing here makes a difference. Scott Young and Robbie Vaughn did a good defensive job on Ely, and they had others step up."

Pub Date: 1/14/98

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